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Options for a 20 mile fun commuter

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    Re: Options for a 20 mile fun commuter


    I recently picked up a used WR250R for my 3.5 mile commute. I was able to find one with sumo and dirt wheels. It's been a blast.

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    Re: Options for a 20 mile fun commuter

    Quote Originally Posted by breakdirt916 View Post
    And uh, are you expecting to commute 20 miles in this week’s weather?

    Get a heater built around a corolla with snow tires
    FWD and snow tires?!?

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    Re: Options for a 20 mile fun commuter

    BMW 310R, I think I know someone who has one and wants to sell. It's a 2018 with less than 700miles

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    Re: Options for a 20 mile fun commuter

    <= Owned a KLX400SR (rebranded DRZ400S) for a few years. Loved it. Arguably should have held onto it. Mine was a 'S' model dual-sport; factory 21/18 wheels, lights, mirrors, speedo, CV carb, yadda yadda. I bought DRZ400-SM wheels and had mine setup to go SM<=>dual-sport in about 20 minutes.

    It's be a riot for a ~20 mile commute. Mine is a ~45 mile run 1-way, mostly interstate. It was a little tough for that ride. It would do 80+ depending on gearing. But I didn't like it. Honestly I didn't like cruising on that bike at anything above ~50 in dual-sport mode. Faster speeds were easier on the sumo wheel-set.

    I remember taking a group ride with a cat on a WR250X. Group was somewhat.. aggressive?! with passing. I was on my V-Strom. Not exactly a rocket. I had to down-shift a lot and work to make the passes the group was going for. WR man just waived everyone past and fell back. No way he could safely pass on those higher speed state highways.

    I rode a CRF250L back to back with my DRZ400. The CRF was heavier and slower at the same time.

    At $3k you should be able to buy two DRZ400's assuming you are willing to do the usual tires, battery and carb clean.

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    Re: Options for a 20 mile fun commuter

    Just found this thread, guy owns a CRF250L and then eventually upgrades to a WR250R.
    WR250R vs. CRF250L Comparison | Adventure Rider

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    Re: Options for a 20 mile fun commuter

    Quote Originally Posted by MattR302 View Post
    Just found this thread, guy owns a CRF250L and then eventually upgrades to a WR250R.
    WR250R vs. CRF250L Comparison | Adventure Rider
    I agree with the ADV thread. The CRF250L can unleash a good amount of power with relatively simple mods <$700. See this DUAL SPORT REPORT: HONDA CRF250L HOT ROD MODS | Dirt Bike Magazine
    Mine has the exhaust/header/ecu which improves power significantly and reduces weight some. The only bike I can compare it to is my old crf230l. Compared to that bike my CRF250L has close to double the HP and it is noticeable. I can get to 70mph quickly. From 70 to 80 it is slower. I feel like cruising at 70 mph is fairly easy, but reserve is limited. In the dirt, the WR is probably on a different level with much better suspenders. The crf was never meant to be a great dirt bike, but its decent, reliable, easy. I saw a dyno chart somewhere and I think under 6k rpm the crf makes as much if not more than the WR. The WR takes off at higher rpms.

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    Re: Options for a 20 mile fun commuter

    Grom...................always

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    Re: Options for a 20 mile fun commuter

    Groms on the highway suck ass.

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    Re: Options for a 20 mile fun commuter

    Quote Originally Posted by SRTie4k View Post
    Groms on the highway suck ass.
    Not mine................ I pass shitheads all the time . Rode from Concord NH to Woburn MA no issues at all

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    Re: Options for a 20 mile fun commuter

    Quote Originally Posted by Pigman View Post
    Not mine................ I pass shitheads all the time . Rode from Concord NH to Woburn MA no issues at all
    You're either a glutton for punishment or have a much more cushioned ass than me. Last time I took mine for an hour ride at 55, my asshole was on fire after 20 minutes. That seat vibrates like a paint shaker.

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    Re: Options for a 20 mile fun commuter

    Went 2 up on one a month ago. That bitch was pretty fun for around town haha.

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    Re: Options for a 20 mile fun commuter

    Quote Originally Posted by csmutty View Post
    Went 2 up on one a month ago. That bitch was pretty fun for around town haha.
    You talking about the Grom or the guy you were riding it with????

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    Re: Options for a 20 mile fun commuter

    Quote Originally Posted by tls25rs View Post
    You talking about the Grom or the guy you were riding it with????
    Les deux.

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    Re: Options for a 20 mile fun commuter

    Id want no part of riding a grom on 95 during rush hour.

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    Re: Options for a 20 mile fun commuter

    Quote Originally Posted by 01xj View Post
    Id want no part of riding a grom on 95 during rush hour.
    don't they only go about 55mph?...and everyone else drives 80mph...so i'd want a bike that could at least top out at 90mph just for the extra GTFO

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